Preston striker Jermaine Beckford was sent off just three minutes after coming on as a substitute against former club Leeds United in what was his first game back after a suspension for fighting his own teammate.
The ex-Everton forward kicked out at Kyle Bartley while both players were on the deck, and was given his marching orders by the referee for the second game in succession.
Boss Simon Grayson branded his player as ‘stupid’ after the game, which Leeds won 4-1, and Beckford now faces another three matches on the sidelines.
“Bartley and Ayling came through the back of Jermaine and he acted stupidly,” Grayson said.
“One of those two could have had a yellow card too and that would have been a second for either of them.”
The incident comes three weeks after Beckford was sent off in Preston’s defeat at Sheffield Wednesday for fighting with teammate Eoin Doyle.
They both saw red in the 90th minute of the match after clashing during a disagreement, with players from both sides stepping in to separate them.
Beckford and Doyle were each fined for their action, with the money being used to refund North End fans that travelled to Hillsborough.
In a joint statement, they said: “We apologise wholeheartedly for our actions at Hillsborough.
“We let down the management, our team-mates and most importantly the supporters, who had spent a lot of money to support the team.
“We accept the punishment given to us by the club and The FA and fully support the club’s decision to refund the ticket costs to the supporters.
“We have apologised to the manager, the staff and our team-mates and hope that the supporters accept our total remorse for the incident.
“It is our intention to now put this behind us and to give our all for the benefit of Preston North End going forward.”